How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Feb. 14, 2020 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology base-editing base-editors biotechnology-nature broad-institute caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cas9 chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr david-liu dna gene-editing genetic-disease genetic-engineering genome rna sickle-cell-anemia

Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 13, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: assistive-technology mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering technology-and-society health-science-and-technology

Nope, chocolate isn’t actually an aphrodisiac

An expert busts a few chocolate myths, including whether women are more into it, and whether it boosts romance as an aphrodisiac.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture chocolate food gender relationships sex

Some bird flocks are a lot like K-pop groups

Birds in flocks with many different species change the way they hunt to better work as a team. It's a little like boy bands, one researcher says.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds insects predators

Tiny eye motions let you spot stuff at a distance

New research finds that eye movements, ones so small you're not even aware of them, play a large part in seeing at a distance, what's also called visual acuity.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology eyes movement vision

Tool finds software update bugs in hours, not days

"Updating software can sometimes turn on you when errors creep in and cause slowdowns." A new tool offers a quicker way to find the problem.

Texas A&M University | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers machine-learning software

See the fossil shell: This extinct turtle was truly enormous

"The carapace of some Stupendemys individuals reached almost three meters, making it one of the largest, if not the largest turtle that ever existed."

U. Zurich | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology fossils south-america turtles

Predator overlap keeps prey from getting out of control

Sea urchins boomed after a mysterious disease decimated sea stars off the California coast. Researchers say it shows how redundancy can protect ecosystems.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation ecosystems predators starfish

“Sensorized” skin helps soft robots find their bearings

Flexible sensors and an artificial intelligence model tell deformable robots how their bodies are positioned in a 3D environment.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Feb. 12, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms robots robotics soft-robotics design machine-learning materials-science-and-engineering computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

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